Spicy Pan Fried Basa Fillets

By Shahzadi Devje
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Done in under 30 minutes, this pan-fried basa fillet recipe adds the perfect amount of spice to a healthy, weeknight dinner the whole family will love! Crispy on the outside, with an inner flesh that melts in your mouth.



Spicy Pan Fried Basa Fillet

  • 5 basa fillets
  • 2 ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced


  1. Dry fish fillets with a paper towel or a tea towel. Tip: People worry about fish sticking to the pan. One way to prevent this is to make sure the Basa fillets are as dry as can be.
  2. Combine spices and salt and sprinkle spice mix to coat the fillets. Ensure both sides are coated completely
  3. In a large skillet or pan, heat oil over medium/high heat. Tip: Make sure the oil evenly coats the pan - before you add the basa fillets. The heat should be medium to high. Do not add the basa fillets until the oil simmers slightly.
  4. Place the coated fillets in the skillet and cook for 5-6 minutes per side or when cooked through. Avoid fiddling with the fillet once it's in the pan; otherwise, you risk breaking it apart. Let it sit, and once it's ready and nice and brown, it should release from the pan.
  5. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

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